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Old 04-01-2020, 12:19 PM
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A healthy dose of 2400 & the 429421 is very comforting in the mtns.
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Old 04-04-2020, 02:33 AM
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I use the 44 special for my leadcast bullets. I never was interested in a 44 special revolver. I walked into my LGS a decade ago when he had his $699 sale on all s&w n frames. I made a first pass after the nickel ones. He had a m24/6.5” barrel in 44 special in nickel left. The nickel made me buy it.
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Old 04-04-2020, 03:33 AM
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Big Bores are fun!

I have just one .44 Special; traded into it at a gun show. A Thunder Ranch Model 21-4:



Ive posted my .45 ACP, .45 Colt (a S&W Model 25-5 with a Model 325 barrel), a 325PD, Dan Wesson .44 Snubnose (cant find the 6 barrel) and Brazilian M1937 before.

The only other gun I can shoot .44 Special with is my Ruger Alaskan. A bit of a beast in .44 Magnum especially with arthritis in both hands; but in .44 Special it sings! Heres my first target shooting at 7 yards; center mass is .44 Special and the cylinder full head shots with .44 Magnum. If it was a little less bulky Id consider carrying it more often.

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Old 04-04-2020, 05:30 AM
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S&W 24-3 (3 Round Butt) c. 1983.

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Old 04-04-2020, 01:19 PM
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Most commonly I carry an old Charter Arms Bulldog, loaded with Hornadays, in a Simplyrugged.com "Silver Dollar Pancake Holster". I carry one "Speed Strip" reload. Great holster, by the way, I've just ordered another one for my Colt Detective Special.

I like the old Bulldog, the 3 inch, blued steel one. I have 2 of them. They are pretty easy to conceal and, when I do my part, they hit where I shoot.
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Old 04-05-2020, 03:19 PM
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VF-1 - THAT is my idea of a serious business gun. VERY NICE.
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Old 04-05-2020, 06:35 PM
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Most of my 'magnums' have never SEEN a .44 mag load

I live in the DFW metroplex and really the only places to shoot around here are ranges... and its not like I see any griz here!
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Old 04-06-2020, 06:52 AM
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Old 04-23-2020, 06:43 PM
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I have just one .44 Special; traded into it at a gun show. A Thunder Ranch Model 21-4:



I’ve posted my .45 ACP, .45 Colt (a S&W Model 25-5 with a Model 325 barrel), a 325PD, Dan Wesson .44 Snubnose (can’t find the 6” barrel) and Brazilian M1937 before.

The only other gun I can shoot .44 Special with is my Ruger Alaskan. A bit of a beast in .44 Magnum especially with arthritis in both hands; but in .44 Special it sings! Here’s my first target shooting at 7 yards; center mass is .44 Special and the cylinder full head shots with .44 Magnum. If it was a little less bulky I’d consider carrying it more often.

Nice! The one I shot was very accurate!
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Old 05-07-2020, 08:09 AM
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I really enjoy the 44 Spl. The pre-war N frame Smiths really light my fire.
I am currently having a 5" 44 3rd Model Target built. A 44 McGivern, if you will. Based on a 2nd Model 44 Target frame and an NOS pre-Model 21 barrel.

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Old 05-25-2020, 10:16 PM
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Here's a Smith & Wesson Model 696...
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Old 05-26-2020, 09:08 AM
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Bought a 696 when they came out because I always wanted a 44 special. I just never cared for it and traded it off a few years later. I wish they would have made a 6shot one with a tapered 4" barrel, more like the mountain gun.
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Old 05-26-2020, 09:16 AM
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I only have one .44 Special and it's the Triple Lock.


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Old 05-26-2020, 09:31 AM
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Old 05-26-2020, 10:05 AM
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I wish they would have made a 6shot one with a tapered 4" barrel, more like the mountain gun.
Like this?



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Old 05-26-2020, 10:09 AM
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Some nice .44 Specials shown, Thanks everyone.
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Old 05-26-2020, 02:59 PM
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Pizza Bob,

I must have missed that one ! When were they made ?
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Old 05-26-2020, 05:00 PM
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Pizza Bob,

I must have missed that one ! When were they made ?
1985 and there was a blued version in 1983. The stainless is a 624 and the blued is a 24-3, both are shown in the picture in my OP. Here's the 4" blued .44 Spl...



They are N-frames. You could not get a six-shot cylinder chambered in a ,44 caliber to fit an L-frame. The largest six-shot L-frame would be chambered in .40 S&W and they used a titanium cylinder in that instance for the added strength. It was a model 646. They made a regular production version and a Performance Center version - total of both was less than 1000. Here is a regular production 646 (I used to use this for IDPA)...



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Old 05-27-2020, 04:38 PM
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No.1 on my list of "Guns yer sorry ya sold!" was a no-dash 696 I bought from a local shop that was closing. Bought it NIB for $359 otd.

But as my handle suggests , I'm a .41 Mag man. I'm glad Starline brought out .41 Special brass. I've been to ranges where they forbid ANY loads headstamped MAGNUM , and explaining light handloads didn't help. And I won a few bar bets with guys who swsore there was no such thing as a .41 Special.

I was hoping Cimarron would offer a convertible .44 Special / .44-40 WCF in their stainless SAA but no dice , yet.
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Old 05-27-2020, 11:17 PM
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most refer to dirty harry and the model 29. but in magnum force in the shooting range he tells the rookies he carries light specials in his 44. better control less recoil...like 357 with wadcutters lol. like my 624 like to find 2.5 inch barrel. although i carry the 4 inch concealed easily.

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Old 05-28-2020, 08:34 PM
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The .44 Special was my go-to for Cowboy Action, used in OM Ruger Vaqueros that were chambered in .44 Mag.
Today, the S&W 696 gets the nod,, I think of it as a Model 60 on steroids, an easy to handle/easy to shoot well revolver that'll do just about anything I'll ever need.
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Old 05-29-2020, 08:28 PM
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Love the .44 Special cartridge.

Two .44 Special revolvers live here.

Smith & Wesson Triple Lock (shown with Heiser 6 1/2-inch N-Frame holster)





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Old 05-30-2020, 05:45 AM
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Sweet Roscoe! Love those Combat grips!!
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Old 05-30-2020, 07:32 AM
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Sweet Roscoe! Love those Combat grips!!
Thanks, I really love this gun. It is one of the original 24-3 limited production 5,000 Lou Hortons with 3" barrel and Rosewood combat grips, bought in the early 80's. It shoots cast gas check 240 gr. slugs extremely well, and still sees range time 3 or 4 times a year. Use it for handgun classes as well. Still original everything it came with, even have the original tool packet and box it came with in storage. It is one of the easiest shooting guns for my 5'1" wife to shoot, and even at our age she's still pretty petite. My teenage granddaughter enjoys it as well.
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Old 05-30-2020, 11:27 PM
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I love my .44s, and I’ll confess I prefer to shoot the lighter loads rather than the magnums.

I found Ventura Munitions who sells .44 Russian in FMJ. Perfect for indoor ranges that won’t let you shoot magnums or lead bullets. It’s like .44 short!
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